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Questions for Breeder

October 13th, 2004, 08:34 AM
I am hoping to get a BOSTON TERRIER, the litter will be ready in 10 days, I will be speaking to the breeder tonight. If anyone has any questions you think I should be asking, I would really appreciate it. THANKS A LOT :)

Xtream Dogs
October 13th, 2004, 06:38 PM old are the parents? how many litters have they produced? what is the guartee? alot of breeders get ot of replacing puppies because they require you to give back the original many people would give back their dog? Are the parents health tested for problems know to that breed? how long have they been breeding? can they provide you with references? Are the parents up to date on their shots? what are the problems associated with the breed? is there after sale support?
Thats all I have time to write right now..........hope that helps a bit :)

October 14th, 2004, 03:22 PM
Questions to ask the breeder:

Have the parents been shown? What type of shows? What titles have they earned (conformation, obedience, agility, field)?

Are there pictures of the sire if he is not on the premises?

What is the temperament of the dam? Meet and interact with the dam. If she is shy and nervous or, worse, aggressive around people, her offspring have a greater chance of being the same way. Watch how the dam and puppies interact.

If other dogs are on the premises, are they friendly and outgoing or kept penned up out back because of aggression and bad behavior?

Which clearances do the parents and grandparents have? What about previous litters from these or related dogs? Necessary clearances vary between breeds, discuss them with your veterinarian before choosing a breed and breeder.

Have the dewclaws been removed? If not, why not? Remember, some breeds are required to have them to show.

What was the reason(s) for breeding this litter? Preferable for the breeder to want to improve the breed and keep one of the puppies for showing/hunting.

Have the puppies received a health exam from the veterinarian or when will they? Any health problems found? What type of treatment is needed for any health problems?

What type of guarantees do you have for the litter? If the hips are guaranteed, does it mean you get your money back but the breeder gets the puppy back (some medical conditions do not show up for 2 years)? Do you get another puppy from a future litter and how will you know that puppy will have any better hips?

What is the price? Show quality (conformation) puppies may be higher priced than the pet quality puppies. Who determined which are show quality?

Have the puppies been temperament tested? Has their desire to retrieve been tested? What were the results for the litter?

The breeder can not tell how each puppy will mature. The one sold as a show quality puppy may not do well in the ring at all, while the one sold as a pet would have done wonderful in the breed ring. Many breeders will have most of a litter spoken for before the breeding takes place. A prospective owner may be on a waiting list for several months to a year to get a quality puppy from a knowledgeable breeder.


The contract should state which puppy you have agreed to purchase (the identifying marks can be used here), date of birth, the price, registration names and numbers of both parents, date of sale, breeder's name, address, and phone number, and buyer's name, address, and phone number.

It should state when the application for registration paper will be sent to you. It should be sent as soon as the breeder receives it from the CKC. The date/age the pet needs to be spayed/neutered by should be in the contract. If the puppy is pet quality, the registration should be on a limited registry meaning that any offspring cannot be registered. If the puppy is going to an obedience or field trial home, the registration may still be limited, but once the puppy becomes titled by winning at shows, the breeder can change it to an open registration, which allows the offspring to be registered. Open registration is required for showing in the breed ring. Sometimes the breeder will keep his name on the registration papers as a co-owner until the terms of the contract are met. The breeder can then remove his name giving the buyer full ownership. The co-ownership or the limited registration prevents the new owner from breeding the dog and selling offspring as registered without the original breeder knowing it. This protects the original breeder from having poor quality descendants of his breeding stock producing more poor quality offspring. Good breeders may also require certain clearances to be obtained before the registration papers will be changed. NOTE: The new owner needs to submit a registration form and fee to the CKC to have the individual registered.

Any guarantees should be in writing. If a medical condition shows up in 6 months or 2 years, what happens? Is the purchase price refunded to help offset the cost of surgery? Is the puppy to be returned to the breeder? Is another puppy given to the owner and they keep the first puppy? Know what the guarantee means and the time limit on it. Hips cannot be OFA certified until after 24 months of age and results may take 4-8 weeks to get back. What ranking is considered fine by the breeder? Fair? Good?

Puppies should be examined by the new owner's veterinarian within 48-72 hours of purchase. This ensures that a puppy is healthy to start with. The contract should state the timing of this exam and that a puppy found to be ill or defective is returnable for a full refund.

The contract should also state that if the owner at any time or for any reason is unable to keep this puppy, the breeder gets the first chance at taking the puppy back. The purchase price may or may not be refunded - read the contract. The breeder is as responsible as the new owner for each puppy for her entire life. The breeder then will see if the puppy/dog is able to be placed in another home and find her a new home.

The contract or the health record should state what schedule the breeder uses for vaccinations, deworming, heartworm preventive, and physical exams. Each veterinarian may have a slightly different schedule, but the buyer should be aware that more medical care is necessary at this age. Current feeding amounts and times should also be written out. A 2-3 day supply of food should be sent home also. A toy or towel that has been with the litter and carries the litter's smell may help ease the transition to a single puppy.

Signatures of both parties involved and the date signed.

One to two days after the puppies go to their new home, the breeder should call to see if there are any problems. Many times problems arise that, with help, are easily handled before they spin out of control.

October 14th, 2004, 11:41 PM
One very important thing to add.

MOST reputable breeders will only sell a companion pup/dog with it stated in the contract that this animal will be spayed/neutered within a time frame. Any breeder who does not insist on this is obviously not thinking of the betterment of the breed.